“It’s pitch black, you’re surrounded by eerie echoes and trickling water, and all the while you’re thinking: ‘if it weren’t for the guides who know these caves like the back of their hands, I wouldn’t have a hope of getting out of this place.’”
Terrified and enthralled in equal measure, our expert Emma loved caving so much that she hot-footed it back to Belize with her husband, just so that she could do it again!
Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize is now offering the same experience, along with many other incredible caving adventures. The most extreme involves a 40 minute trek, and short swim through limpid turquoise waters, before you arrive at the jaws of Actun Tuninchil Mucnal...
Submerged deep beneath the Tapir Mountain Nature reserve, this cave conceals a mind-blowing secret which can only be reached by clambering over rocks, squeezing through tiny crevices, and occasionally holding your breath under water. Along the way, the guides – who know every nook and cranny – will suddenly say ‘Look up,’ and reveal an awesome stalactite, or fragment of Mayan pottery with their torches...
Then, just as you become used to the all-enveloping darkness, the cave is suddenly illuminated to become an eerie, echoing crypt. Here you’ll come face to face with the crystal maiden: the victim of a Mayan sacrifice.
This particular expedition is for more experienced cavers (including our expert Emma!), but if you’re not quite as hard-core, Blancaneaux Lodge has plenty of other options, including canoeing through 4 ½ miles of the Barton Creek caves. These are flooded with natural light, making them much less claustrophobic, and you’ll still see traces of Mayan visitors, including pottery and bones. Last but not least, you can go Cave Tubing at the Nohuch Ch'en Reserve - meandering along its cave rivers on an inflatable tyre.
For more information about all of these, and the wonderful Blancaneaux Lodge, give Emma a call on: 0207 337 9000